An early historical jewel that I've had in my collection for a few decades now. I fell in-love with it the moment I saw it, buying it from another Rubylane seller. It was the first Stuart crystal I bought and I thought it was the most amazing jewel I ever saw when I bought it. I've since bought and sold several pieces of jewelry from the 16th and 17th century, but this is the one that started the quest. And I have loved it all these years, but I only actually wore it one time and then wrapped and put it away in a drawer and now I have it displayed on a dolls dress, just so I can admire it. But I figure, since I never have a chance to wear it, I'm ready to part with it.
It is English in origin as all Stuart Crystal jewels are, and the span of this type of historical and sentimental jewelry was made for about 100 years (a little less) but the ones with the painted enamel back jewels, they were only made for maybe a decade. So, most collectors, I would say, consider them rarer. During the late 1600s there was a tremendous interest in botanical gardens (ie: the Tulip craze) and we see this evidenced in jewelry and paintings of this era.
The jewel was originally a slide and converted sometime in the 1800s but it was a very good conversion with the enamel painting in place on the back, no cracks and just a bit of it off around the edges. The crystal is highly faceted with the gold embellishments under it in the form of two enamel painted angels holding up a crown set on a bed of braided hair. There is a gold fly, thus making it a mourning jewel, that moves about as it please when the pin is worn, and the gold twisted cypher at the bottom has since slid off from it's original setting. You see too that a few of the natural pearls on the front have somewhat disintegrated, one more that the other. Regardless, it is still a very rare, beautiful and coveted piece from about 1680 or thereabout. * Extended layaway payment options are available for higher end items like this jewel via paypal invoicing, take to up 24 months to pay it off in equal monthly installments.